Four panelists must determine guests' occupations - and, in the case of famous guests, while blindfolded, their identity - by asking only "yes" or "no" questions.
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John Daly ...
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Bennett Cerf ...
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Dorothy Kilgallen ...
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Contestants with unusual occupations were interviewed by the panelists. Only questions that could be answered with a "yes" or "no" were allowed. At the conclusion of the questioning, the panelists attempted to guess the contestants occupation. There was also a "mystery guest", usually a famous person; the panelists had to wear masks when questioning this person and the guest usually disguised his/her voice. Written by J.E. McKillop <jack-mckillop@worldnet.att.net>

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The mystery guest on the final CBS broadcast was John Daly. Producers Mark Goodson and Bill Todman appeared in the closing moments of the half-hour to thank the public for its long support of the program. They had appeared on-camera a few times over the years. Goodson had appeared on-camera with Frank Sinatra nine months earlier. The finale was telecast live on September 3, 1967 immediately following a long summer vacation during which CBS had telecast videotapes that the show had stockpiled earlier in 1967. See more »

Quotes

Steve Allen: Is it bigger than a bread box?
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Crazy Credits

The uncredited announcer introduced the first panelist, sometimes the left-most, sometimes the right-most. Beginning with the first panelist, each panelist then introduced the person to his/her left or right, depending upon the first panelist's position. The fourth panelist then introduced moderator John Daly. See more »

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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: What's My Line?: Part 2 (1997) See more »

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Composed by Sascha Granville Burland (BMI)
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WML respected its audience
30 January 2005 | by (Kansas City, Mo.) – See all my reviews

I agree with all previous comments about "What's My Line?" (urbane, witty, erudite, sophisticated and intelligent), and I would add this thought: All these appellations are true because this show respected its audience. It did not pander. The panelists were never afraid to use a multisyllabic word. No doubt, some "creative consultant" would stop such behavior today.

Additionally, the show is a time capsule of New York in the '50s. You always knew who was "in town," and often why. Sure, maybe the appearance promoted a Broadway show or a book, but it always seemed more "newsy" than "promotional," unlike today when a talk show host holds up the book or shows an outtake from a movie.

A trivia note: Actress Jayne Meadows appeared as the Mystery Guest on 1 August 1954, the day after her marriage to Steve Allen,who was regular panelist that night. She disguised her voice (as the Mystery Guest often did), prompting Allen to comment that he thought the Mystery Guest might be Minnie Mouse. Panelist Arlene Francis correctly identified Meadows.


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